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  Labor Situation - State of Connecticut Last Updated: January 26, 2015
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4,800 more jobs added in December; unemployment rate drops a tenth of a percent.
WETHERSFIELD, January 26, 2015 - The preliminary nonfarm jobs estimate from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s (BLS) monthly business survey indicate Connecticut added 4,800 positions (0.28%) in December 2014 - seasonally adjusted. Connecticut’s level of nonfarm employment has now increased 26,700 jobs (1.61%) since December 2013 to an estimated level of 1,690,200, another new employment recovery high. The nonfarm employment increase for November (2,900, 0.17%), however, was revised lower by 1,700 jobs from the original release.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in December 2014 to 6.4%, seasonally adjusted, according to results based from the recent residential household survey (Current Population Survey). This is lower by a full percentage point from the December 2013 unemployment rate of 7.4%. The number of unemployed in the state has declined by 15,007 over the year to 121,406. The monthly labor force estimates for the state continued to expand briskly in December (7,381, 0.4%) and has now increased by 60,254 (3.3%, considered statistically significant) labor force entrants over the year.

“Connecticut finishes 2014 on an encouraging note with over 80% of nonfarm jobs recovered from the Great Recession - almost 94% for the private sector,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Employment gains were widespread across most industries and regions though wages are slower to recover. We look forward to the annual benchmark revision in March to see if this level of growth holds up when more complete data becomes available.”

Nonfarm Jobs: Initial nonfarm employment estimates show Connecticut added 4,800 (0.28%) jobs in December 2014 (seasonally adjusted). Six of the ten major industry supersectors added jobs last month. This is the fourth monthly nonfarm employment gain in a row since an August decline (-1,200) and is the tenth monthly job gain in 2014. Year-to-date job gains in 2014 now total 26,700 (1.61%, 2,225 per month) compared to last year’s 18,400 (about 1,533 per month) before the upcoming annual benchmark revisions that are pending before the next belated release in March.

Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 96,300 positions, or 80.9% of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment recession (pre-benchmark).  Connecticut’s jobs recovery is now 58 months old and is averaging approximately 1,660 jobs per month since February 2010.  The private sector has recovered employment at a faster pace and has now recovered 105,200 (93.9%) of the 112,000 private sector jobs that were lost during the same recessionary downturn (about a 1,814 per month pace).  At 1,690,200 overall nonfarm jobs for December 2014, the state needs to reach the 1,713,000 level to start a bona fide nonfarm employment expansion. This will require an additional 22,800 nonfarm jobs.  A total of just 6,800 additional private sector positions are needed to have a fully recovered private sector. The government supersector (Indian casino jobs on reservation are measured in local government) has continued to lose net jobs (-8,900) throughout the overall nonfarm employment recovery.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): The December 2014 preliminary nonfarm job numbers show that four of the six major Connecticut Labor Market Areas (Bureau of Labor Statistics-recognized LMAs) experienced job gains while two labor markets were unchanged (Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA and Norwich-New London).  The Hartford LMA (2,200, 0.4%) posted the largest regional job market gain. Smaller job gains were seen in New Haven (800, 0.3%), Danbury (500, 0.7%), and Waterbury (300, 0.5%).  All Connecticut BLS-recognized LMAs are positive now over the year.  Note: The major Connecticut LMAs are estimated and seasonally adjusted independently from the statewide numbers by the BLS and cover about 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state, so they will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The private sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.8 hours in December 2014, and is higher by two-tenths of an hour (0.6%) from the year-ago estimate of 33.6 hours.  Average hourly earnings at $28.42, not seasonally adjusted, were up 39 cents, or 1.4%, from last December 2013.  The resulting average private sector weekly pay was calculated at $960.60, up $18.79, or 2.0% over the year.  All employee private sector wage estimates have been outpacing inflation the last three months and may be another sign of an improving labor market.  The year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in December 2014 was 0.8%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category.  (Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.)

The state’s private sector gained 3,900 (0.27%) nonfarm jobs in December 2014 and is now higher by a healthy 25,700 positions (1.80%) since last December 2013.  The government supersector (900, 0.38% OTM) was also positive in December and is now adding some positions (1,000, 0.42%) over the year.

The six major industry supersectors that increased jobs from the business survey in December were led by leisure and hospitality (2,100, 1.4%).  Strong gains are coming from the accommodation and food services (1,500, 1.2%) portion of this supersector.  A surprisingly solid gain from the manufacturing supersector (1,200, 0.7%) was also apparent.  Durable goods manufacturers (1,300, 1.0%) were the major contributor.  Education and health services (1,200, 0.4%) posted a strong monthly gain driven by the health services (1,300, 0.5%) component.  The government (900, 0.4%) supersector also was a job gainer last month with federal, state, and local government entities all contributing.  The information supersector (400, 1.3%) and the other services (400, 0.6%) supersector added a similar number of jobs in December.

The job losses in the four declining supersectors in December were all below a thousand and were led lower by the combined construction and mining (-600, -1.0%) supersector.  The trade, transportation & utilities (TTU) (-500, -0.2%) supersector was also down in December 2014 with wholesale trade (-500, -0.8%) and transportation and utilities (-1,100, -2.0%) lower, while the retail trade portion still added positions (1,100, 0.6%).  Smaller job losses came from the professional, scientific, and technical (-200, -0.1%) supersector and the financial activities supersector (-100, -0.1%).  The financial activities supersector (-2,400, -1.8%) is now the only industry supersector to have lost jobs over the year.  TTU remains the best growing supersector over the year (7,700, 2.6%) driven by retail trade (6,500, 3.5%).

Connecticut’s Ten Industry Supersector Performance (YTD December 2014: 9 up, 1 down, before revisions)

1.)    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (7,700, 2.6%)           6.) Government (1,000, 0.4%)

2.)    Leisure and Hospitality (6,400, 4.2%)                                7.) Construction and Mining (800, 1.4%)

3.)    Education and Health Services (5,600, 1.7%)                  8.) Other Services (700, 1.1%)

4.)    Professional and Business Services (4,800, 2.3%)        9.) Information (200, 0.6%)

5.)    Manufacturing (1,900, 1.2%)                                               10.) Financial Activities (-2,400, -1.8%) 

Annual Average Connecticut Nonfarm Employment ~ (based on 12 months of not seasonally adjusted data, pre benchmark)

2014 ~ 1,669,700 (15,000, 0.91%)

2013 ~ 1,654,700 (14,300, 0.87%)

2012 ~ 1,640,400 (15,300, 0.94%)

2011 ~ 1,625,100 (17,100, 1.06%)

2010 ~ 1,608,000 (-18,600, -1.14%)

2009 ~ 1,626,600 (-72,400, -4.26%)

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Dec 2014 Dec 2013 Change Rate % Dec 2014 Nov 2014 Change Rate % Oct 2014 Sep 2014 Aug 2014
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,690,200 1,663,500 26,700 1.6% 1,690,200 1,685,400 4,800 0.3% 1,682,500 1,678,200 1,667,700
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,453,600 1,427,900 25,700 1.8% 1,453,600 1,449,700 3,900 0.3% 1,446,700 1,441,100 1,432,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
Mining 600 600 0 0.0% 600 600 0 0.0% 600 600 600
go to Construction sector data table Construction 56,200 55,400 800 1.4% 56,200 56,800 -600 -1.1% 57,200 57,300 57,000
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 164,200 162,300 1,900 1.2% 164,200 163,000 1,200 0.7% 163,200 163,400 163,900
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 309,600 301,900 7,700 2.6% 309,600 310,100 -500 -0.2% 308,600 306,800 304,200
go to Information sector data table Information 31,500 31,300 200 0.6% 31,500 31,100 400 1.3% 31,500 31,600 31,400
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 129,900 132,300 -2,400 -1.8% 129,900 130,000 -100 -0.1% 129,500 129,900 130,700
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 210,300 205,500 4,800 2.3% 210,300 210,500 -200 -0.1% 207,800 206,800 205,100
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 331,900 326,300 5,600 1.7% 331,900 330,700 1,200 0.4% 331,100 328,700 325,000
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 157,000 150,600 6,400 4.2% 157,000 154,900 2,100 1.4% 154,600 153,500 150,900
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 62,400 61,700 700 1.1% 62,400 62,000 400 0.6% 62,600 62,500 63,200
go to Government sector data table Government 236,600 235,600 1,000 0.4% 236,600 235,700 900 0.4% 235,800 237,100 235,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 140,347,000 137,395,000 2,952,000 2.1% 140,347,000 140,095,000 252,000 0.2% 139,742,000 139,481,000 139,210,000
 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Based on the household survey, the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, posted a decrease of 1,110 (-0.9%) over the month to 121,406 in December 2014.  The number of unemployed residents has decreased by 15,007 (-11.0%) since December 2013.  Connecticut’s drop in the unemployment rate last month occurred with another large labor force increase (7,381, 0.4%), signifying more residents are entering the labor market searching for work.  December 2013 to December 2014 labor force growth now tallies 60,254 (3.3%, considered statistically significant).  Connecticut’s civilian labor force has grown 10 of 12 months in 2014 after bottoming out in this recovery last year in December 2013 at 1,845,784.  The United States unemployment rate was 5.6% in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the November 2014 rate of 5.8%, and lower by one and one tenth of a percentage point from the December 2013 rate of 6.7%.

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
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Force
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Unemp.
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Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,863.4 1,770.9 92.5 1,888.5 1,755.8 132.8 1,904.8 1,731.3 173.6 1,917.4 1,738.5 178.8 1,895.3 1,740.4 154.9 1,873.3 1,723.8 149.4 1,852.2 1,719.3 132.9
Feb   1,864.4 1,771.6 92.8 1,891.4 1,752.1 139.4 1,909.5 1,734.2 175.3 1,917.1 1,740.2 176.8 1,893.6 1,740.3 153.3 1,870.5 1,722.7 147.7 1,857.9 1,727.7 130.2
Mar   1,865.4 1,771.7 93.7 1,894.6 1,749.2 145.3 1,913.4 1,737.1 176.3 1,915.6 1,740.8 174.8 1,892.6 1,739.2 153.3 1,868.1 1,721.6 146.5 1,864.8 1,734.3 130.5
Apr   1,866.9 1,771.2 95.7 1,897.4 1,747.2 150.2 1,915.9 1,739.2 176.7 1,912.6 1,739.6 173.0 1,891.3 1,736.5 154.8 1,866.3 1,720.5 145.8 1,868.6 1,740.1 128.5
May   1,869.1 1,770.4 98.7 1,899.5 1,745.4 154.2 1,917.0 1,739.9 177.1 1,908.9 1,736.9 172.0 1,889.7 1,732.6 157.1 1,864.5 1,718.6 145.9 1,877.6 1,747.9 129.7
Jun   1,872.0 1,769.6 102.4 1,900.6 1,743.4 157.3 1,917.1 1,739.5 177.6 1,905.6 1,734.1 171.4 1,888.0 1,728.8 159.2 1,862.3 1,716.0 146.3 1,878.5 1,753.0 125.5
Jul   1,875.1 1,769.2 106.0 1,900.6 1,740.9 159.6 1,916.8 1,738.3 178.6 1,903.4 1,732.6 170.8 1,886.4 1,726.0 160.3 1,859.7 1,713.3 146.4 1,872.1 1,749.3 122.8
Aug   1,878.2 1,769.0 109.2 1,899.6 1,738.1 161.5 1,916.8 1,737.1 179.7 1,902.3 1,732.9 169.4 1,884.8 1,724.9 159.9 1,856.8 1,711.3 145.5 1,870.4 1,747.0 123.4
Sep   1,880.8 1,768.6 112.3 1,898.5 1,735.0 163.4 1,916.8 1,736.2 180.7 1,901.7 1,734.7 167.1 1,883.3 1,725.0 158.3 1,853.7 1,710.1 143.5 1,875.6 1,755.8 119.8
Oct   1,882.9 1,767.0 115.8 1,897.8 1,732.1 165.7 1,917.1 1,735.8 181.3 1,901.1 1,737.0 164.1 1,881.6 1,725.5 156.0 1,850.6 1,709.5 141.1 1,886.3 1,764.7 121.5
Nov   1,884.6 1,764.2 120.4 1,898.4 1,730.1 168.3 1,917.3 1,736.0 181.3 1,899.7 1,738.9 160.8 1,879.2 1,725.6 153.6 1,847.9 1,709.2 138.7 1,898.7 1,776.1 122.5
Dec   1,886.4 1,760.2 126.2 1,900.7 1,729.7 171.1 1,917.3 1,736.9 180.4 1,897.5 1,739.9 157.6 1,876.3 1,724.9 151.4 1,845.8 1,709.4 136.4 1,906.0 1,784.6 121.4
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.4% for December 2014 (seasonally adjusted).  This is one tenth of a percentage point lower than the November 2014 rate of 6.5%, and down a full percentage point from the December 2013 unemployment rate of 7.4%.

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.1 9.7 0.6 9.3 9.1 -0.2 8.2 8.2 0.0 8.0 7.9 -0.1 7.2 6.6 -0.6
Feb  5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.4 8.3 0.9 9.2 9.8 0.6 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.1 8.3 0.2 7.9 7.7 -0.2 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Mar  5.0 5.1 0.1 7.7 8.7 1.0 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.1 8.2 0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Apr  5.1 5.0 -0.1 7.9 9.0 1.1 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
May  5.3 5.4 0.1 8.1 9.4 1.3 9.2 9.6 0.4 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
Jun  5.5 5.6 0.1 8.3 9.5 1.2 9.3 9.4 0.1 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.1 -0.6
Jul  5.7 5.8 0.1 8.4 9.5 1.1 9.3 9.5 0.2 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.9 7.3 -0.6 6.6 6.2 -0.4
Aug  5.8 6.1 0.3 8.5 9.6 1.1 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.9 9.0 0.1 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6 6.6 6.1 -0.5
Sep  6.0 6.1 0.1 8.6 9.8 1.2 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.8 9.0 0.2 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.7 7.2 -0.5 6.4 5.9 -0.5
Oct  6.2 6.5 0.3 8.7 10.0 1.3 9.5 9.5 0.0 8.6 8.8 0.2 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.6 7.2 -0.4 6.4 5.8 -0.6
Nov  6.4 6.8 0.4 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.5 9.8 0.3 8.5 8.6 0.1 8.2 7.8 -0.4 7.5 7.0 -0.5 6.5 5.8 -0.7
Dec  6.7 7.3 0.6 9.0 9.9 0.9 9.4 9.4 0.0 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.4 6.7 -0.7 6.4 5.6 -0.8

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Monday, March 16, 2015 (January 2015 data)
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